Weddin Whispers “Heard it through the Grapevine” with Deidre Carroll

Lleiton Purdie trying out with John Marsh’s pull-along cart when he passed through Grenfell on his trek from Hall to Forbes in 2010. John was offering him a helping hand. Family get together; (B-L-R) Steve Grace, Hilton Lenard, and Darren Wilder. (M) Kerryn Bishop, Stephen Griffin and Wayne Bishop, Seated Lyn Grace, Chris Creech-Lenard and Jill Griffin with Nic Bishop in front at Chris’ 60th birthday celebrations.
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Hall to Forbes: Surprise, surprise – guess who has just passed through town.

You might remember an article we ran two years ago in the Grenfell record on John Marsh, a Lions club member from Highfields near Toowoomba, attempting to walk from Hall (near Canberra) to Forbes following the path taken by Phoebe Biggs around 1862 as she trekked that route with three children aged 3, 5 and 7 – their worldly belongings in a wicker pram.

John said that in 2010 he walked, unsupported, with everything he needed in a pull-along cart.

“Unfortunately my feet gave out on me about 13kms from Grenfell on the Old Young Road and I had to be rescued by Peter Soley and Terry Carroll from Grenfell Lions.”

He added “after four days of being absolutely spoilt by Terry and Deidre and being made more than welcome by the Grenfell Lions Club, I was taken cart and all to Forbes where I spent a few more days with Alan Jones of the Forbes Lions Club before returning to Toowoomba.”

John said that he vowed to finish the walk someday and this year was it.

“I am doing it easy this time as my wife is with me with our caravan so that I do not have to be dragging the cart – and I have a comfortable, dry bed to sleep in. The walking is still hard on the feet and the whole journey gives me some insight into what an amazing woman Phoebe was.” John concluded.

John and Barbara surprised us on Monday morning July 30 before travelling out to where he was rescued in May 2010.

He then trekked along the stock route and camped overnight about 1 km from the Mid Western Highway.

We called out to the picnic area at Bogolong turnoff and enjoyed morning tea with them on Tuesday before john continued his walk via Garema to Forbes.

Home from Uni: Ingrid and Hilary, daughters of Kathy and Stuart McKellar are home on holidays from university.

Ingrid is doing a degree Commerce – Law at Newcastle, whilst Hilary is studying Radiography at Wagga Wagga.

Both girls enjoyed dinner with their mother at the CWA Evening Branch International evening where the Country of Study was Timor Leste.

Happy 60th Birthday: Chris Creech-Lenard returned to Grenfell with her husband Hilton to celebrate her 60th birthday.

Her sister Lyn and her husband Steve Grace, her brother Stephen Griffin and his wife Jill were on hand for the celebrations.

Chris’s nieces Tanya and Kerryn and their husbands Darren Wilder and Wayne Bishop and young Nic Bishop were also in attendance.

Chris and Hilton and their Canberra families are departing this week for a holiday in Hong Kong where they will be enjoying the sights and visiting Disneyland Hong Kong.

Henry Lawson Festival: To top off a great Festival, the committee, co-ordinators and assistants met at the Railway Hotel for an informal dinner and get together.

Fun and fellowship was the order of the evening and a great time was had by all.

Visiting from Jakarta: Gary and Judy Hunter were home in Grenfell last week from Jakarta visiting family and friends.

They enjoyed an evening out to dinner with Mary and Howard Hunter, Marilyn and David Buttenshaw, Barbara Simpson, Marlene McAlister and Brendan McAlister.

Marlene McAlister is Gary’s sister whilst Marilyn Buttenshaw, Barbara Simpson, Howard Hunter and Gary are cousins.

Rotary Changeover: Former resident Terry Shannon now of Forbes was in Grenfell to attend the Rotary Club’s Annual Changeover where Thurston Skinner was inducted as their President for 2012-13.

He had a great time catching up with many of his Grenfell friends.

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